Orange River Rafting Adventures

4 Day Orange River Adventure

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4 Day Orange River Adventure

This 4-day orange river adventure is suitable for the whole family. Experience the Richtersveld on an inflatable raft and use the Orange River as the mode of transport. Explore the only mountain desert in South Africa and let our experienced guides lead you through one of the most striking landscapes South Africa has to offer.  The perfect outdoor getaway with fun filled rapids, hiking and discovering the stark beauty of the Richtersveld desert.  Sleep under the stars or in a tent.

The 4 Orange River Adventure will take you from our base camp through the Nababeep Community and Richtersveld Community Reserve. Over the next four days, you can expect to have spectacular mountain views, fast-flowing channels, and excellent bird life. The River is graded at level 1 – 3 in difficulty and is suitable for beginners.

The Orange River is a pool drop river, ‘which means after every rapid, there is always a pool’. The Richtersveld is home to goat herders trekking through the endless desert mountains. We don’t have designated campsites and camp for the day depends on the progress made that day, where we will choose our overnight spot on the banks of the river.

This 4 Day Orange River Adventure is a great combination of rafting, relaxing, hiking and exploring. It is not a race, but rather an outdoor expedition suitable for all with no experience. Our guides will be preparing meals on open fires and guide you safely down the Orange River.

4 Day Orange River Adventure Border Procedures

  • At the Vioolsdrift border post stamp out of South Africa.
  • Proceed to Namibian Customs with your Exit Stamp of SA.
  • Enter Namibia and receive your Entry Stamp in Namibia.
  • Do not pay any road taxes for Namibia as your vehicles should not enter the country, but only the border post.
  • Return to South Africa and confirm with the gates that you are on a river rafting trip.
  • Please do not restamp your passport when returning at this border post.

4 Day Orange River Adventure

Day Place  Meals 
Day 1 Growcery Base Camp  D.
Day 2,3,4 Orange River Rafting B.L.D
Day 5  Orange River – Growcery B.L.D

B- breakfast, L- lunch, D-dinner

Time Frame: 3 nights and a half day on the river.
Distance: 45-65 km(depending on the water level).
Tour Starts: 08h30 / 09h00 am on the morning of day two on route plan.
Equipment: 2 man inflatable rafts, paddles, flotation devices, cooler box for drinks and dry bags for personals
Starts: The Growcery Camp.
Ends: The Growcery Camp (Transfer back to Base Camp from Take out Point).

Suggested Packing List (Items available at Outdoor Warehouse)

  • Sleeping bag, roll mat/ blow up mattress, torch/ headlamp, matches.
  • Camera, Small dry bag for camera & snacks.
  • Sunglasses (with safety strap), lip balm, hat, sunscreen.
  • Water bottle, six bin liners.
  • T-Shirts, Khikoi, shorts, water shoes, sweater, long pants, second skin.
  • Swimsuit, towel, Hiking boots.
  • Tent, umbrella, camping chairs, cycling gloves for paddling.
  • Own drinks (no glass allowed), Rehydrate sachets.
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent (Stingose), toiletries.
  • Biodegradable soap, toilet paper.
  • Personal medication
  • Cash (No card facilities at base camp)
  • Valid Passport and unabridged birth certificates for minors. 

We do suggest a good sense of humour as our complaint office is in the centre of the river.

NB. No client will be allowed on this trail without a Valid Passport or Unabridged Birth certificates for minors. 


  • Park fees and entrance fees
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner (as indicated)
  • Qualified river guides
  • Two man inflatable raft (Croc)
  • Paddles & flotation devices 60L Dry bag (for personal belongings)
  • 45L Cooler Box per boat
  • Transfer back to The (base camp)


  • Own transfers to starting point The Growcery Camp
  • Ice can be purchased at base camp
  • Own drinks with meals
  • Own drinking water
  • Own snacks
  • Own Camping Equipment
  • Own Travel Insurance
  • Valid Passport


DEPART FROM: The Growcery Camp - Vioolsdrift


 Adults and Children  Rate Winter Rates
Adults R 4 350 R 3 450
Children 16-17 R 3 950 R 3 350
Children 12-15 R 3 450 R 2 795
Children  5-11 R 3 150 R 2 550



Day 1

Growcery Base Camp – Vioolsdrift

We meet all our river paddlers at The Growcery Camp, no later than 5 pm on day 1. Please notify the camp of any late arrivals. This evening will be an introduction to your river crew and a final briefing on the adventure that awaits us. Our Dinner will be around open fires and a freshly cooked meal can be expected. Our evening is relaxed and a great time can be spent under the many stars of the Richtersveld.

Day 2,3,4

Orange River Rafting – Orange River

Our River adventure starts with a scrumptious breakfast this morning. Our guides will brief all our paddlers on how to pack their two man inflatable rafts for the next 4 days of river rafting. We leave all our vehicles and mobile devices safely at base camp and start our adventure anything from 9:30 – 10: 30 this morning. The next few days will be along the banks of the Orange River. We explore the magnificent Richtersveld desert and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5

Orange River – Growcery Camp

An early wake-up call we enjoy our last breakfast on the banks of the Orange River, before making our way to our collection point. All depends on the water levels on how long we will paddle before the take out. Please don’t make any fixed arrangements to depart earlier than 2 pm from our base camp. Our Take out times will vary from 08: 30 am – 12: 30 pm, this all depends on the water levels.